Bay Youth Symphony (BaYS)
Symphony Conductor - Phaedre Sassano
Repertory Conductor - Elijah Langille
Managing Director - Candace Kniffen
Assistant Managing Director- Cassandra Sulbarán
Artistic Advisor - Steven Karidoyanes
BaYS is an auditioned*, sequential youth orchestra program designed to create an opportunity for dedicated and talented young musicians, living in communities south of Boston, to perform symphonic music at a high level in a well organized and supportive orchestra program. In partnership with the Plymouth Philharmonic Orchestra, the program offers ensembles at two levels: a full orchestra for intermediate level string, wind and percussion students (Repertory), and a full orchestra for advanced string, wind and percussion students (Symphony). Artistic Advisor Steven Karidoyanes meets and rehearses with the orchestras three times per year. Students are coached by SSC faculty members and area music educators.
SSC private lesson students will receive a $25 discount.
Rehearsals take place at the Marshfield High School Music Suite on Wednesday evenings.
BaYS Symphony Audition Requirements
Strings, Woodwinds and Brass
SOLO PIECE: Piece that demonstrates student’s ability and highest technical skills. Students should demonstrate knowledge of style, expression and articulation, and shifting ability.
SCALES: Symphony students should know major scales up to 4 sharps and 4 flats. Woodwinds and Brass will also be asked to play a chromatic scale in the range of their instrument. Repertory students should know scales up to three sharps and 3 flats in two octaves. Woodwinds and Brass students will also be asked to play a chromatic scale.
SIGHTREADING: All auditions may include a sightreading component
BaYS 2016 auditions will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 6-8 pm in Duxbury and June 7 from 5-7 pm in Hingham.
Welcome, Phaedre Sassano
We are happy to announce the appointment of Phaedre Sassano as BaYS Symphony Conductor starting this month. Phaedre teaches elementary through high school strings in Hingham Public Schools and is an active member of SEMMEA and SEMSBA. She has been a substitute conductor and has led sectionals for BaYS in the past and has been a true supporter of this program since it started. Phaedre is an outstanding musician and educator and we are excited to have her as part of our BaYS team!
Phaedre Sassano has been working in the Hingham Public Schools since 2001 where she currently acts as Music Resource Teacher and Director of Secondary Orchestras. She directs the 7th & 8th Grade Orchestra and Junior Chamber Players at Hingham Middle School and the Hingham High School String Orchestra, Symphony Orchestra, Sinfonia and Chamber Players as well as the HMS and HHS pit orchestras for musical productions. Ms. Sassano is an elementary strings instructor as well as coordinator of the Hingham After School Strings program and she has been a private cello instructor on the South Shore for over fifteen years. She is an active member of the Massachusetts Music Educators Association (MMEA), Southeastern District, and S.E.M.S.B.A. and her leadership roles in these organizations have included acting as orchestra manager, senior concert chair, auditions committee member, adjudicator, and executive board member.
Ms. Sassano graduated from Boston University cum laude where she majored in music education and studied with master cellist George Neikrug. Ms. Sassano holds a master’s degree from New York University in Performing Arts Administration. In her time in New York City, Ms. Sassano was Education Associate for the Manhattan New Music Project where she helped develop and implement school music programs in public and private schools in all five boroughs. She also worked with the World Music Institute where she assisted with the promotion of international performing arts events throughout the city. Through NYU, Ms. Sassano traveled to The Netherlands and Germany where she studied arts administration in the European context. Ms. Sassano has also spent time in Trinidad working with orchestral students in the National Sinfonia for the Orchestral Society of Trinidad and Tobago.
Phaedre’s passion for creating collaborative learning environments where students gain a sense of belonging through the building of personal relationships and her strong belief in arts advocacy are rooted in her earliest musical experiences. Originally from Connecticut, she comes from an artistic, eclectic, and politically active family that encouraged her to speak her mind and pursue her creative interests at an early age. She began her musical career in the Wethersfield Public Schools and studied cello with Eric Dahlin at the Hartt School of Music where she also performed with the Connecticut Youth Symphony. The impact of participating in both school and community music organizations ultimately led Phaedre into music education where she now creates a similar artistic foundation for her students. It is her hope that the shared musical experiences she cultivates through her work with BaYS result in students finding a deeper appreciation for the art form and its rich history, a profound outlet for self-expression, and an enhanced sensitivity through the collective artistic experience.
BaYS Symphony Conductor - Phaedre Sassano
BaYS Repertory Conductor - Elijah Langille
BaYS Managing Director- Candace Kniffen
BaYS Assistant Managing Director- Cassandra Sulbarán
BaYS Artistic Advisor - Steven Karidoyanes
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